Motorola has already announced several smartphones in 2017, 10 if you're counting.

There are two Moto Cs, two Moto Es, four Moto Gs and two Moto Zs so far and based on the rumours, that won't be the last we hear from the Lenovo-owned company before the year is out.

With so many Moto phones available, working out which Moto is right for you is no easy task. Luckily, we've done all the hard work for you.

We've compared the Moto C, Moto E, Moto G and Moto Z ranges to help you work out the differences between a £90 Moto device and a £550 Moto.

Buy the Moto C if you want a Moto smartphone for under £90.

Buy the Moto C Plus if you want a Moto smartphone for under £100 but with a huge 4000mAh battery.

Buy the Moto E4 if your budget can stretch to £130 for the addition of a fingerprint sensor, more RAM and a higher resolution front camera compared to the C range. 

Buy the Moto E4 Plus if you have £160 to spend and you want the Moto device with the biggest battery capacity, as well as a larger display and more capable rear camera over the E4 and C range.

Buy the Moto G5 if you want a Moto smartphone for under £180 that delivers a more capable processor than the C and E ranges, more storage expansion through microSD and a more capable rear camera.

Buy the Moto G5S if your budget allows for £220 and you want a stronger, more seamless design compared to the G5, along with better camera capacities and double the storage.

Buy the Moto G5 Plus if you're looking for a Moto smartphone under £250 that features a faster processor and 4K video recording capabilities.

Buy the Moto G5S Plus if your budget can stretch to £260 and you want dual-rear cameras, as well as a stronger and again more streamlined design compared to the Moto G5 Plus.

Buy the Moto Z2 Play if you have over £350 to spend, but under £500, and you want a more capable processor again, Moto Mod compatibility, as well as a super slim device.

Buy the Moto Z2 Force if you are happy to pay over £550 for a new smartphone and you want Moto Mod compatibility, a shatterproof design, dual-rear cameras and all the best Motorola has to offer.

  • All ranges have similar design with circular rear camera and flash array 
  • All ranges have fingerprint sensors, except Moto C range
  • None of ranges have official IP waterproof rating

All Moto devices follow a similar design path, but materials and features vary depending on the range. The Moto C range sits at the cheaper end, while the Moto Z range is the most premium range available with Moto Mod compatibility.

A circular camera and flash array on the rear appears in some form on all the ranges, along with the signature "M" beneath and usually, though not in the case of the Moto C range, a pill-shaped fingerprint sensor is positioned under the display. The Moto C range opts for three on-screen navigation buttons instead.

Metal is used for the entire bodies of the Moto E, Moto G and Moto Z ranges, though a higher grade of aluminium and more seamless design appears as you go up the ranges. The more expensive devices like the Moto Z2 Play and Z2 Force, as well as the Moto G5S and G5S Plus, are therefore stronger, especially in the case of the Z2 Force that offers a shatterproof design. No Moto range offers an official IP waterproof rating.

In terms of physical size, the plus models tend to be bigger than the standard versions, as you would expect, though the C range is an exception. Below is how all the 10 Moto models fare against each other in terms of measurements and weight:

  • Moto C: 145.5 x 73.6 x 9mm, 154g
  • Moto C Plus: 144 x 72.3 x 10mm, 162g
  • Moto E4: 144.7 x 72.3 x 9.3mm, 151g
  • Moto E4 Plus: 155 x 77.5 x 9.6mm, 198g
  • Moto G5: 144.3 x 73 x 9.5mm, 144.5g
  • Moto G5 Plus: 150.2 x 74 x 7.7-9.7mm, 155g
  • Moto G5S: 150 x 73.5 x 8.2-9.5mm, 157g
  • Moto G5S Plus: 153.5 x 76.2 x 8-9.5mm, 168g
  • Moto Z2 Play: 156.2 x 76.2 x 6mm, 145g
  • Moto Z2 Force: 155.8 x 76 x 6.1mm, 143g

The smallest overall is the Moto C Plus. The largest overall is the Moto Z2 Play. The slimmest overall is the Moto Z2 Play. The thickest overall is the Moto C Plus. The lightest overall is the Moto Z2 Force. The heaviest overall is the Moto E4 Plus.

  • Smallest displays on Moto C, C Plus, E4 and G5
  • Largest displays on Moto G5S Plus, Z2 Play and Z2 Force
  • Moto Z2 Force has sharpest, strongest and most vibrant display, Moto C has softest

The Moto C, Moto C Plus, Moto E4 and Moto G5 all have 5-inch displays. The Moto G5 Plus and special edition Moto G5S both have slightly larger displays at 5.2-inches. The Moto E4 Plus, special edition Moto G5S Plus, Moto Z2 Play and Moto Z2 Force meanwhile have larger displays still at 5.5-inches.

Resolution and pixel densities differ across the ranges too. Below are the resolutions for each device, along with their pixel densities.

  • Moto C: 854 x 480 pixels, 196ppi
  • Moto C Plus: 1280 x 720 pixels, 294ppi
  • Moto E4: 1280 x 720 pixels, 294ppi
  • Moto E4 Plus: 1280 x 720 pixels, 267ppi
  • Moto G5: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 441ppi
  • Moto G5 Plus: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 441ppi
  • Moto G5S: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 424ppi
  • Moto G5S Plus: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401ppi
  • Moto Z2 Play: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401ppi
  • Moto Z2 Force: 2560 x 1440, 534ppi

The Moto C has the softest display, while the Moto Z2 Force has the sharpest with the difference likely to be very noticeable between these two devices. It is worth remembering the human eye is unlikely to be able to tell the difference between the Full HD displays though, so don't get too hung up on whether a device has 441ppi or 401ppi.  

The Moto C, Moto E and Moto G ranges all have IPS LCD displays, while the Moto Z range has AMOLED, meaning punchier and more vibrant screens on the two more expensive devices.

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection is present on the Moto G5 Plus, Moto G5S, Moto G5S plus and the Moto Z2 Play. ShatterShield glass protection is found on the Z2 Force. Motorola hasn't specified the grade protection for the Moto C range, Moto E range or Moto G5.

  • Highest resolution front snapper on Moto G5S Plus
  • Dual rear cameras on Moto G5S Plus and Moto Z2 Force
  • Highest resolution single lens rear camera on Moto G5S 

Camera capabilities and features vary quite dramatically across the Moto ranges. At the top end, you'll find dual-cameras on the rear, along with the ability to add extra functionality through Moto Mods, while the lower end offers more basic features.

Below is a breakdown of the front and rear camera specs for each Moto device, along with their video recording capabilities.

  • Moto C: 5MP rear (fixed focus, LED flash, 720p video), 2MP front (fixed focus, LED flash) 
  • Moto C Plus: 8MP rear (f/2.2, auto focus, LED flash, 720p video), 2MP front (f/2.8, fixed focus, LED flash)
  • Moto E4: 8MP rear (f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash, 720p), 5MP front (f/2.2, fixed focus, LED flash) 
  • Moto E4 Plus: 13MP rear (f/2.0, autofocus, LED flash, 720p), 5MP front (f/2.2, fixed focus, LED flash) 
  • Moto G5: 13MP rear (f/2.0, PDAF, LED flash, 8x digital zoom, 1080p video), 5MP front (f/2.2, wide-angle lens, display flash)
  • Moto G5 Plus: 12MP rear (f/1.7, dual autofocus pixels, 8x digital zoom, 4K video), 5MP front (f/2.2, wide-angle lens, display flash)
  • Moto G5S: 16MP rear (f/2.0, PDAF, dual-LED flash, 8x digital zoom, 1080p video), 5MP front (f/2.0, wide-angle lens, LED flash)
  • Moto G5S Plus: Dual 13MP rear (f/2.0, depth editor, dual-LED flash, 8x digital zoom, 4K video), 8MP front (f/2.0, wide-angle lens, LED flash)
  • Moto Z2 Play: 12MP rear (f/1.7, dual autofocus pixels, LAF, PDAF, colour-correlated temperature dual LED flash, 720p), 5MP front (f/2.2, wide-angle lens, colour-correlated temperature dual-LED flash)
  • Moto Z2 Force: Dual 12MP rear (f/2.0, depth detection and effects, PDAF, LAF, colour-correlated temperature dual-LED flash, 4K video), 5MP front (f/2.2, wide-angle lens, LED flash)

Megapixels aren't everything so don't get too caught up in how many one device has over another when choosing the right Moto for you. The Moto C and E range will give you average results, while the Moto G range, especially in the case of the special edition models, are likely to deliver better results. 

For the best camera experience, you'll probably need to look at the Moto Z range, but its worth reading our full reviews on the other Moto devices too as some might surprise you in the camera department. For 4K video capture, your only options are the Moto G5 Plus, Moto G5S Plus or the Moto Z2 Force. 

If you're looking for a device that follows the dual-rear camera trend, you'll need to look at either the Moto G5S Plus or the Moto Z2 Force.

  • Moto Z2 Force has most capable processor, but no 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Moto E4 Plus has largest battery capacity 
  • Moto E, Moto G and Moto Z ranges have NFC, Moto C range doesn't

Like many features, hardware specifications generally improve the further up the ranges you go. The Moto C range is budget and therefore will have less RAM and processing capabilities compared to the likes of the Moto Z range.

That said, the beauty about Moto devices, especially in the case of the Moto G range, is the price doesn't always reflect what's under their hoods, with traditionally more power than you'd expect. A breakdown of the processor, RAM, storage and battery capacities are below, as well as any additional features, such as NFC. 

  • Moto C: 1.1GHz MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD support up to 32GB, 2350mAh removable battery
  • Moto C Plus: 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, 1GB or 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD support up to 32GB, 4000mAh removable battery
  • Moto E4: 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD support up to 128GB, 2800mAh removable battery, compatible with 5W rapid charger (not included), NFC
  • Moto E4 Plus: 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD support up to 128GB, 5000mAh non-removable battery, compatible with 10W rapid charger (not included), NFC
  • Moto G5: 1.4Ghz Qualcomm SD430 processor, 2GB or 3GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD support up to 128GB, 2800mAh non-removable battery, compatible with 10W rapid charger (included), NFC
  • Moto G5 Plus: 2.0Ghz Qualcomm SD625 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD support up to 128GB, 3000mAh non-removable battery, compatible with 15W TurboPower charger, NFC
  • Moto G5S: 1.4Ghz Qualcomm SD430 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD support up to 128GB, 3000mAh non-removable battery, compatible with 15W TurboPower charger, NFC
  • Moto G5S Plus: 2.0Ghz Qualcomm SD625 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD support up to 128GB, 3000mAh non-removable battery, compatible with 15W TurboPower charger, NFC
  • Moto Z2 Play: 2.2GHz Qualcomm SD626 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD support up to 2TB, 3000mAh non-removable battery, compatible with 15W TurboPower charger, NFC
  • Moto Z2 Force: 2.35Gz Qualcomm SD835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD support up to 2TB, 2730mAh non-removable battery, compatible with 15W TurboPower charger, NFC

The Moto E4 Plus has the largest battery capacity of the Moto devices, while the Moto C has the smallest. All Moto devices feature NFC making them compatible with Android Pay, apart from the Moto C range. The Moto Z range offers the most RAM as well as support for larger microSD capacity cards and the most capable processors.

The Moto C range, Moto E range and Moto G range are all charged via Micro-USB, while the Moto Z range opts for USB Type-C. The Moto C range, Moto E range and Moto G range also all have a 3.5mm headphone jack, as does the Moto Z2 Play, while the Moto Z2 Force does not.

  • All Android Nougat with Motorola apps pre-installed
  • Experience should be almost identical, though some extra features on higher end ranges

All the Moto devices run on Android Nougat with a couple of extra Motorola-specific apps pre-installed. The experience should be similar across the board though there will be a couple of extra features as you go up the ranges.

It's pretty much vanilla Android on Motorola smartphones so you don't get the same level of bloatware as you do with some other devices, such as Sony and LG. This tends to mean quicker updates to the latest Android software and it also allows for a cleaner experience.

  • Moto C: £90, available in Starry Black, Fine Gold, Metallic Cherry
  • Moto C Plus: £100, available in Starry Black, Fine Gold, Metallic Cherry
  • Moto E4: £130, available in Iron Grey, Blush Gold, Oxford Blue
  • Moto E4 Plus: £160, available in Iron Grey, Fine Gold
  • Moto G5: £180, available in Lunar Grey, Fine Gold
  • Moto G5 Plus: £249, available in Lunar Grey, Fine Gold
  • Moto G5S: £220, colour availability TBC
  • Moto G5S Plus: £260, colour availability TBC
  • Moto Z2 Play: £379, available in Lunar Grey, Fine Gold
  • Moto Z2 Force: $720, available in Super Black, Fine Gold, Lunar Grey (pre-order open in US, UK pricing tbc)

The Moto C is the device to opt for if you need a Moto for under £100, but for £10 more you'll get a higher display resolution, better rear camera capabilities and a much larger battery capacity, almost double in fact.

Pay another £30 on top of the C Plus price or £40 on top of the Moto C for the Moto E4 and you'll get the addition of a fingerprint sensor, NFC for Android Pay, more RAM as standard, a higher resolution front camera and the same improvements as the Moto C Plus over the Moto C.

Another £30 on top of the Moto E4 price for the E4 Plus and you'll get a more capable rear camera again, a larger though not sharper display and a much larger battery capacity. The E4 Plus is the heaviest of the devices being compared here though and it has the same processor as the E4. 

For an extra £20 on top of the E4 Plus price, you can pick up the Moto G5, which will get you that higher rear camera resolution again but with 1080p video, a water-repellant coating, more capable processor and more storage expansion through microSD. If you're considering the G5 though, it would be worth looking at the newer Moto G5S for a further £40, which enhances the G5's camera experience, improves the design, increases the display size and doubles the internal storage.

There isn't a great deal of difference between the G5 and G5 Plus, especially not when you're talking an extra £70 again, though you will get 4K video recording, a more powerful processor again and double the internal storage, as well as a better rear snapper. Like the smaller model though, here it would be worth considering the Moto G5S Plus, which is just £10 more than the G5 Plus but offers dual-rear cameras and a more streamlined design.

The Moto Z2 and Moto Z2 Force are of course the creme-de-la-creme of the Moto smartphones, but they jump the price up from the Moto G5S Plus by at least another £120. You do get more RAM, a more capable processor and some extra camera functions, as well as Moto Mod compatibility but ultimately it will depend on your budget restrictions and what features are most important to you.